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Siegbert Tarrasch
Number of games in database: 964
Years covered: 1879 to 1933

Overall record: +456 -204 =256 (63.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 48 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (125) 
    C77 C67 C78 C66 C80
 French Defense (62) 
    C11 C10 C01 C14 C12
 French (38) 
    C11 C10 C12 C00 C13
 Four Knights (37) 
    C49 C48 C47
 Orthodox Defense (24) 
    D50 D63 D55 D61 D65
 Queen's Pawn Game (24) 
    D02 D05 A46 E10 D00
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (100) 
    C67 C77 C83 C80 C82
 French Defense (48) 
    C01 C00 C12 C11 C13
 Tarrasch Defense (34) 
    D32 D34 D33
 Ruy Lopez, Open (30) 
    C83 C80 C82
 French (30) 
    C00 C12 C11 C13
 Sicilian (30) 
    B45 B25 B40 B32 B23
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Nimzowitsch vs Tarrasch, 1914 0-1
   Tarrasch vs Romberg, 1893 1-0
   Tarrasch vs E Thorold, 1890 1-0
   Tarrasch vs Reti, 1922 1-0
   Tarrasch vs K Eckart, 1889 1-0
   Tarrasch vs Marotti / Napoli / de Simone / del, 1914 1-0
   Tarrasch vs G Marco, 1892 1-0
   Tarrasch vs Von Scheve, 1894 1-0
   Tarrasch vs J Mieses, 1916 1-0
   Spielmann vs Tarrasch, 1923 0-1

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   Lasker - Tarrasch World Championship Match (1908)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Breslau (1889)
   Manchester (1890)
   9th DSB Kongress, Leipzig (1894)
   Vienna (1898)
   Monte Carlo (1903)
   Marshall - Tarrasch (1905)
   Chigorin - Tarrasch (1893)
   Ostend (1905)
   Hastings (1895)
   Nuremberg (1896)
   San Sebastian (1912)
   Monte Carlo (1902)
   18th DSB Kongress (1912)
   Hamburg (1885)
   Frankfurt (1887)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Three Hundred Chess Games (Tarrasch) by Parmenides1963
   Tarrasch's 300 Chess Games by yesthatwasasac
   Three Hundred Chess Games (Tarrasch) by Edwin Meijer
   Three Hundred Chess Games (Tarrasch) by Qindarka
   Three Hundred Chess Games (Tarrasch) by Incremental
   Tarrasch's Dreihundert Schachpartien by Honza Cervenka
   T Players Tease Fredthebear by fredthebear
   Challenger Tarrasch by Gottschalk
   Veliki majstori saha 6 TARRASCH (Petrovic) by Chessdreamer
   good games by sk.sen
   Tarrasch's Best Games of Chess. Part I. by Dr. Siggy
   Praeceptor Mundi by chocobonbon
   Tarrasch's Best Games of Chess. Part III. by Dr. Siggy
   y1870s - 1890s Classic Chess Principles Arise by fredthebear

   Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1914
   Tarrasch vs Von Scheve, 1894
   M Porges vs Lasker, 1896
   Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1914
   Marshall vs Lasker, 1914

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(born Mar-05-1862, died Feb-17-1934, 71 years old) Germany

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Siegbert Tarrasch was born in Breslau. At 15, he learned the game of chess, and he shot to prominence quickly, winning four consecutive international tournaments: Breslau (1889), Manchester in 1890 (, Dresden (1892), and 9th DSB Kongress, Leipzig (1894). He also won the Monte Carlo (1903) tournament. After Tarrasch's compatriot Emanuel Lasker won the World Championship, the two agreed to terms for a match to take place in autumn of 1904, but the negotiations collapsed after Tarrasch requested a postponement. A Lasker - Tarrasch World Championship Match (1908) eventually took place, but by then Tarrasch was aged forty-six and he was defeated by the score of +3 -8 =5. Tarrasch was held in high regard throughout his career for his contributions to opening theory. Tarrasch was an editor for Deutsche Schachzeitung, and also published his own Tarrasch's Schachzeitung (1932-1934) and the books Dreihundert Schachpartien (1895), Die moderne Schachpartie (1912), and Das Schachspiel (1931).

Lines from both the Queen's Gambit and the French Defense are named after him. He is known for guidelines in rook endings that rooks generally serve their best purpose behind passed pawns. Many of his theories on the principles of mobility and other aspects of positional play still stand as well, and today guide players of all levels of ability.

Tarrasch also played consultation chess on the teams of Tarrasch / von Bardeleben / von Scheve / Schotlaender and Tarrasch / Harmonist / Heidebreck. Cf. Wikipedia article: Siegbert Tarrasch.

Last updated: 2017-11-23 14:12:37

 page 1 of 39; games 1-25 of 964  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Tarrasch vs Mendelson 1-0241879BreslauB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
2. Tarrasch vs Mendelson 1-0321879BreslauC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
3. Tarrasch vs A Schottlaender 0-1241879BreslauC51 Evans Gambit
4. Tarrasch vs Mendelson 1-0391879BreslauC51 Evans Gambit
5. Tarrasch vs Von Scheve 1-0191879BreslauB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
6. Tarrasch vs A Schottlaender 1-0221879BreslauC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
7. Tarrasch vs F Riemann 0-1181879BreslauC67 Ruy Lopez
8. Tarrasch vs Mendelson 1-0331879BreslauC51 Evans Gambit
9. Tarrasch vs Mendelson 1-0261879BreslauA00 Uncommon Opening
10. Tarrasch vs Mendelson 1-0211880BreslauC51 Evans Gambit
11. Von Scheve vs Tarrasch 0-1301880BresslauC30 King's Gambit Declined
12. Tarrasch vs Mendelson 1-0241880BreslauC49 Four Knights
13. Tarrasch vs G Vogt 1-0201880Breslau000 Chess variants
14. Tarrasch vs Adolf Mannheimer 1-0271880BreslauC55 Two Knights Defense
15. Tarrasch vs B Lasker 1-0231880BerlinC42 Petrov Defense
16. Tarrasch vs Adolf Mannheimer 1-0281880BreslauC42 Petrov Defense
17. Tarrasch vs Adolf Mannheimer 1-0371880BreslauC39 King's Gambit Accepted
18. Tarrasch vs W Cohn 1-0291880MatchB44 Sicilian
19. F Riemann vs Tarrasch 1-0411880BreslauC30 King's Gambit Declined
20. Von Scheve vs Tarrasch 0-1151880BreslauC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
21. Mendelson vs Tarrasch 0-1461880BreslauC51 Evans Gambit
22. Tarrasch vs Pribulsky 1-0301880BerlinC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
23. Tarrasch vs G Vogt 1-0241880Breslau000 Chess variants
24. Tarrasch vs NN 1-0111880BerlinC45 Scotch Game
25. Tarrasch vs Landau 1-0171880white blindfoldedC55 Two Knights Defense
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  beatgiant: <ughaibu>
In U.S. English at least, the title of "doctor" is used for licensed medical practitioners as well as Ph.D. holders. Perhaps that was not the case for the title of "doktor" in 19th-century Germany.
Jun-15-19  ughaibu: Beatgiant: sure, I suspect the controversy hinges on an ambiguity.
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  keypusher: <whiteshark> <IIRC he also wrote a book on his WC match vs Lasker.>

I really thought I’d flogged that sufficiently.

<From Google Books, a link to Tarrasch's book on the 1908 world championship. I've translated his notes on the game pages.>

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  perfidious: While <john b> has made some worthwhile suggestions for rewriting the good doctor's bio, there is one more change to be made: as it stands, the wording above implies that the proposed match was postponed due, perhaps, to some failing on the part of Tarrasch. It has long been known that he was in a serious skating accident that winter.
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  beatgiant: <Telemus>
Well, I may be slow, but this is still not at all clear to me.

Is it claimed that Tarrasch did not possess a valid license to work as a medical doctor? Or is it claimed that he did have such license, but that was not enough for use of the "Dr." title in his milieu?

If the latter, is it because he didn't have a Ph.D. degree? Or was it the case that M.D.'s could be called "Dr." but only if they completed a thesis?

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  Telemus: Sorry, I deleted my last kibitz by mistake! Here is the text again:

<beatgiant: Perhaps that was not the case for the title of "doktor" in 19th-century Germany.> I described exactly what was missing in Alekhine vs Janowski, 1914 (kibitz #23) .

You asked for a pointer to the discussion. I assume it started with Kamm's biography.

(Negele's statement to the missing doctoral certificate is correct, a little imprecise and above all discussion-avoiding.)

<keypusher> Why the link to my profile?

<perfidious> The bio can be improved in many ways.

The sentence <At 15, ...> is unhappily formulated. Strictly speaking it starts with an inaccurancy (Tarrasch learned chess before; at the age of 15 he learned about chess books). But what I don't like is that the statement on his first steps in chess is combined with the series of tournament wins that happened when he was already 27-30 years old.

The sentence <After Tarrasch's compatriot Emanuel Lasker won the World Championship, the two agreed to terms for a match to take place in autumn of 1904, ...> is unlucky, too, because - as you know - Lasker won the title already in 1894.

Or <Tarrasch was held in high regard throughout his career for his contributions to opening theory.> Well, would Maroczy, Nimzowitsch and many others agree?!

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  keypusher: <telemus > that’s my stupidity. I was trying to link to my profile, not realizing that everyone clicking on it would be brought to their own profile.
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  Telemus: <beatgiant: Well, I may be slow, but this is still not at all clear to me.> No problem. I try to be more precise.

There was a time when every student of medicine was obliged to finish the studies with the normal exams and a thesis, and after that he (there were no women at that time) received the right to call himself a doctor.

Then the rules were changed and the medical exams and the thesis were separated: with the exams, but without the thesis one could practize medicine, but without having the title 'doctor'. This is todays situation, too. And Tarrasch wrote no thesis.

Some people argue that the information on Tarrasch's thesis could have been lost. But that's impossible in Germany as some people say. For myself, the most convincing argument is Tarrasch's "Dreihundert Schachpartien". This book presents a lot of biographical information, and Tarrasch would have mentioned a thesis for sure.

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  Telemus: <keypusher> That's a nice gimmick!
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  sneaky pete: <there were no women at that time>

When was womanhood invented (and why didn't they think of it earlier)?

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  beatgiant: <Telemus>
Thanks. That makes it completely clear now.

As far as I know, most places in the English-speaking world don't make this distinction between "medical doctor" and "medical doctor with a thesis," hence my confusion above.

I'm sure you've figured it out now, but here's how it's supposed to look: User: keypusher

(by adding the parameter '?uname=keypusher')

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  keypusher: <beatgiant> Uh, Of COURSE I had figured it out! :-)

But thanks anyway.

Jun-17-19  sudoplatov: A quick of the Wayback Machine shows that in 1889, the BCM address Siggie as Dr Tarrasch. I didn't check much further as that medium not easy to peruse.
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  beatgiant: <sudoplatov>
BCM is an English-speaking source, is it not? So we wouldn't expect them to observe this German distinction as discussed above.
Jun-17-19  sudoplatov: Going Wayback further, we have: Hamburg 1885. Both Tarrasch and Noa are referred to as Dr. I would assume that the book (in German) follows German traditions.
Jun-17-19  Sally Simpson: ***

Re Tarrasch being a doctor.

This post Siegbert Tarrasch (kibitz #400) and the next 5 or 6 following posts discuss this citing a source or two.


Jun-17-19  john barleycorn: Until today no "Promotionsurkunde" (certificate of doctorate in English(?)) for Tarrasch has been found.
Jul-05-19  Chessist: His doctorale certificate has just been sold on ebay:

Jul-05-19  Granny O Doul: Whoa, guess I'd better listen to this guy from now on!
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  Telemus: Currently the doctoral certificate with seal is offered at ebay. From that we learn that the doctoral degree was awarded 7 March 1887 by the University of Leipzig. The title of his thesis is "Zur Casuistik der subacuten und chronischen Poliomyelitis anterior" (Polio).

Tarrasch studied in Berlin and Halle. What is known on his relation to the University in Leipzig?

Oct-22-19  brimarern: "Remarkably, Tarrasch gives a clearer and better description of how chess is typically played than I see in our modern books, which tend to be full of broad advice and invalid generalities. One can easily see why he was considered the preeminent teacher of his time: he was not trying to fool anyone."

-IM John Watson, commenting on 300 Chess Games & The Game of Chess by Dr. Tarrrasch, Grandmaster of Chess

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  MissScarlett: Tarrasch redux:

Feb-27-21  Sally Simpson: It's good that Tarrasch picture thing. (it will have a technical term but a 'picture thing' does for me).

A few weeks ago I was watching something on T.V. (a picture viewer thing in a box) they were showing you all kinds of techno-manipulated films and images. Amazing, if you cannot trust your own eyes then who can you trust.

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  MissScarlett: No offence, but I don't want to hear from you until you've secured that 1978 BCM issue. Who or what exactly are you afraid of? The Edinburgh constabulary, the wrath of wee Nicola, your own shadow?
Feb-27-21  Sally Simpson: I'm scared of the bill for the damage I'd do breaking into the Edinburgh Club.

It's closed. I cannot get in. Nobody can get in. The first thing I'll do when it opens up again is get more Aitken games and grab a the couple of the BCM's in question.

If you really cannot wait then why not test your haggling skills and go for a BCM Collection 1881-2007. See:

or give this site a look.

They have some loose 1978 BCM's (£10.00 the lot but Feb is not included.) - the bound volume is £20.00. Cannot see anything for 1979 but contact them Tel: 01903 730371 they may have it laying about.

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